This book took me by such pleasant surprise. I picked it up at ALA and wasn't sure what to think when I started it.
A data-oriented male has always triThis book took me by such pleasant surprise. I picked it up at ALA and wasn't sure what to think when I started it.
A data-oriented male has always tried to apply his research proficiency to his social life with catastrophic results. He's highly observant, but can't handle the many "unknowns", the variables you can't objectively learn when dealing with romantic relationships. When falling in love for the first time, he faces a particularly scary unknown, and drama unfolds.
It's told in the first person and by the end I really felt I understood him and his actions, even when they were wrong, even when I was screaming at him to stop. The reader is presented with a moral dilemma, and a question that I personally haven't really asked myself: does it matter if our partners are telling us the truth or not about their emotional past? What if you just can't know something about someone-- can you live with that?
I'm impressed that this is Roth's first novel. It's told with an ease and a mastery of language that feels so experienced and comfortable.
I quite enjoyed it. It suffers from some tense/perspective issues towards the end, and it's also unapologetically male which, in this day and age, rubs me the wrong way... but it was nonetheless an enjoyable read that I tore through....more
I'm so excited that I won this in a "first reads" giveaway! It arrived the other day and I can't wait to read it. I read some Shange in college and shI'm so excited that I won this in a "first reads" giveaway! It arrived the other day and I can't wait to read it. I read some Shange in college and she's real good.
OK, this book took me foorreeeever--- it's such a "great American novel" project. This novel covers 7 generations of a black family, from emancipation through the 1960s.
I really enjoyed it quite a bit; in particular it was wonderful to see these eras in America through the lens of a black family-- particularly following musicians and the common migration patterns among black people during this time (from the south to the north, and the relationships between family members). The only downside was as soon as I got attached to a character, the novel would move on to focus more on her daughter....more
Morrison remains a serious literary and historic craftmaster to me, and while this wasn't my favorite of hers (I had trouble really feeling the heartMorrison remains a serious literary and historic craftmaster to me, and while this wasn't my favorite of hers (I had trouble really feeling the heart of the novel) I was still amazed by how immersed she makes you feel in this time and place. I imagine it's hard to make 1680 in the colonies feel relevant or relatable, but she somehow does....more